Detroit Tigers prospect Daniel Cabrera has to get back on track to flourish

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The Detroit Tigers selected outfielder Daniel Cabrera with their Competetive Balance Round B draft choice after the second round. He was a product of Lousiana State University (LSU), as well as a born and raised native of Baton Rouge.

Now, he’s a part of the Detroit Tigers system and might just be able to turn things around in his second year. When he was drafted, his collegiate pedigree and tools are what carried him to be such an exciting prospect.

Cabrera’s abilities in the batter’s box are what attracted the scouts’ eyes. The ability to make solid contact and find ways to get on base as a left-handed hitter certainly was something to get excited about.

There also was an element of being a power threat that had scouts excited about what the Tigers landed in Competitive Balance Round B. After the draft choice was made, some people regarded Cabrera to be a steal at the spot he was taken.

Detroit Tigers prospect Daniel Cabrera has to get back on track in 2022.

His first season in the Tigers system was off to a fine start and then a promotion up to Double-A Erie certainly put a bad wrap on things. Cabrera spent 99 games with High-A West Michigan where he slashed .242/.300/.395 with only nine home runs but did pick up 64 RBI.

Not a horrible showing, he showed an ability to get on base, but many would like to see that average creep up if possible. When he got promoted to the Erie Seawolves things took a turn downhill for his performance.

Cabrera would log 17 games for the Seawolves where he slashed an abysmal .174/.197/.377 with four home runs and nine RBI during his stint there. It’s not quite what the Tigers would like to see from Cabrera but he can come back in 2022 and turn some heads, righting the ship.

Given that a power threat was one of the exciting parts about Cabrera’s potential, it would be nice to see him start driving the ball more often and manufacturing more runs. If he can up his performance in the box, this pick looks much better and makes it seem like Cabrera could be a sneaky prospect.

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He’s shown flashes of it and the tools were there during his time with the LSU Tigers, but he’s yet to really show it within the organization consistently. It’s not to say his second season will not lead to more growth, but Cabrera has to get back on track and be the player the Tigers drafted.